Sunset Wedding Portraits

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The Blog and the Bride

As photographers who love natural light, we are always paying attention to the sun and its reflections.

As photographers who love natural light, we are always paying attention to the sun and its reflections. We love the color, intensity, and glow of sunlight as it’s coming close to setting! It’s different than any other time of day. So as we work with couples to finalize their wedding day timeline, we encourage them to squeeze in time for sunset portraits! Here’s why we think it’s a great idea:

Alex and Chris Wedding Photos in Chicago Winter

1 | A lot of wedding photos are taken mid-day, when the sun is high and casts harsh shadows on faces.  We always search for the best light possible, but sunset light always takes the cake.  It’s perfectly golden and makes for STUNNING, dreamy portraits.  

Ashley and JJ wedding photo at Sandcreek Country Club in Indiana

2 | Sunset portraits often more intimate. They have a sense of fresh love.  Most couples are comfortable together all day long, but once the wedding is over, the excitement and nervous jitters are out, and the couple is married, their demeanor holds a newlywed glow that blows us away every time.  

Mariah and Julio Modern Sunset wedding portrait in Idaho

3 | Wedding days are often fast-paced and sneaking away for sunset portraits gives couples one extra chance to pause, get away, take a breath, and just BE TOGETHER.  

Sunset wedding portrait

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Becky Dean

I'm a co-founder and lead photographer at Pen and Lens.

Wedding photography is my heartbeat. I love capturing the interactions between the bride and her tribe as they get ready together, the look on a groom’s face when he FINALLY sees his bride for the first time, and the way a dad wraps his arms around his baby girl on her wedding day. Bride and groom portraits make my heart jump and I cry on almost every wedding day.

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